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Information for U.S. Citizens in the Middle East

(last updated November 2, 2023, at 10:25 am)

The barbaric terrorist attack on Israel and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East have caused unspeakable pain, trauma, and loss of innocent life.  

Many in our community are touched by the situation in Israel and Gaza. I have received calls from constituents worried about loved ones, and I'm actively engaged with the State Department. Officials are providing updates to U.S. citizens in the region who have filled out the this form. In general, U.S. citizens abroad are encouraged to:

Additionally, the State Department is advising that all U.S. citizens traveling overseas should exercise increased caution. They have issued a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory for Gaza, Iraq, and Lebanon due to increased tensions and have issued a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” advisory for Israel and the West Bank.

For U.S. Citizens in Gaza 

The current conflict between Israel and Hamas has made identifying departure options for U.S. citizens complex. The situation at the Rafah crossing is very unpredictable. The State Department is working 24/7 on potential options and recommends that if you assess it to be safe, you may want to move closer to the border crossing as there may be little notice and limited time for openings to cross. Additionally, if you have not already done so, please fill out the Crisis Intake Form with your current contact information so that the State Department can reach you should a departure option become available on short notice. You can also reach the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs by calling 1-833-890-9595 (toll free) and +1-606-641-0131.

For U.S. Citizens in Iraq 

The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens in Iraq should monitor local media for updates and to avoid possibly dangerous situations, such as protests and large gatherings related to the ongoing events in Gaza. Additionally, they advise that you should avoid the northern border and have a plan for a potential crisis that does not rely on the U.S. government. Military assisted evacuations of a foreign country are rare. If you have not done so, please fill out the Crisis Intake Form so that you can be sent possibly fast-developing or urgent alerts. You can also reach the State Department by calling the local number 0760-030-4400.

For U.S. Citizens in Israel 

If you have not done so, please fill out the Crisis Intake Form so that you can be sent possibly fast-developing or urgent alerts. Some U.S. citizens seeking to depart have successfully used land border crossings. U.S. citizens can check the status of some land border crossings:

  • Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing: 04-609-3410
  • Yitzhak Rabin/Arava Crossing: 08-630-0555
  • Menachem Begin Crossing: 08-636-0999
  • You can also reach the State Department by calling 03-519-7426.

For U.S. Citizens in Lebanon 

Due to unpredictability in the region, the State Department recommends that all U.S. citizens leave Lebanon while commercial flights remain available, as the best time to leave a country is before a crisis erupts. The Lebanese government cannot guarantee the protection of U.S. citizens against sudden outbreaks of violence. They suggest looking for available flight options at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport. Additionally, they advise that you avoid Lebanon’s borders with Israel and Syria and have a plan for a potential crisis that does not rely on the U.S. government. Military assisted evacuations of a foreign country are rare. If you have not done so, please fill out the Crisis Intake Form so that you can be sent possibly fast-developing or urgent alerts. You can also reach the State Department by calling the local number 961-4-543 600.

For U.S. Citizens in the West Bank  

Some U.S. citizens have successfully left the West Bank into Jordan via land border crossings, including the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge – you can check the status of the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge by calling 02-548-2600. The State Department encourages citizens to take advantage of those crossings, if possible and safe to do so. If you have not already done so, please fill out the Crisis Intake Form with current contact information so that the State Department can reach you should a departure option become available on short notice. You can also reach the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs by calling 1-833-890-9595 (toll free) and +1-606-641-0131.

For Constituents of MA-5 

If you or your loved ones have more questions or need help accessing the above resources, please reach out to my office. I will assist you in any way that I can. In order to help, the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a) requires that Members of Congress, or their staff, have written authorization before they can obtain information about an individual's case. You can give this authorization via the casework request button below.